After her studies Theatre Studies, Mirjam Marks started working at VPRO Youth Television (Dutch Public Television Channel). Through her experience in research and production Mirjam became specialised in content creation for youth documentaries and series. Through a television programme she visited Suriname and immediately fell in love with the country. She moved there with her family and stayed for six years. In Suriname she made several documentaries for Dutch television ,she initiated several workshops for kids and she also founded and became Creative Director of the children’s museum Villa Zapakara, (www.villazapakara.com) which recently celebrated its 8th birthday. When she moved back to the Netherlands she continued her work as a documentary maker and since 2014 she joined Cinekid media festival as Head of Television.
For me every-where children are the same: the most important, the most open, unspoiled and honest people in the world. That’s why I like to work with them. My main motivation to make documentaries with and for children is to give children a podium, a place to be heard and seen. In my films I don’t want to judge or create the feeling by the audience that children are pathetic, on the contrary , I show the power and flexibility of children, unless or thanks to the situation they live in. I think sharing stories is essential in the world we live in to get to know each other to create the possibility to understand and respect each other. I think a personal documentary is a very suitable way to share stories.
Heijplaters (Harbourboyz), 15 min, The Netherlands, Dutch
IFFR Rotterdam January 2018 premiere
Pride & Prejudice, 17 min, The Netherlands, Dutch/French
Movies that Matter film festival 2017; MAS 2017, Nicaragua; Olympia International Film Festival 2017, Greece, competition; Tiff Kids 2018, Toronto; Cinedoc Tbilisi 2018, competition; Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival (TICFF) 2018; Docaviv 2018,Telaviv/Israel.
Spotlight on Merna, 16 min, Beirut 2016, Arabic/English, documentary
IDFA 2016 Youth competition; IFFR 2017 Education programme; JEFF 2017; Cinedoc Children’s festival 2017, Athens;Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2017; Kurzfilmfestival Oberhausen 2017, competition 12+; South Korea PMZ 2017; MAS 2017, Nicaragua.
The Girl of 672k, 18 min, The Netherlands, Dutch/English, Cinekid
Cinekid, Amsterdam 2016; KUKI 2016, Berlin, competition; Interfilm Berlin 2016; Doxs! 2016, Duisburg/Germany, competition; Chicago International Children’s Films Festival 2016, nomination; Thessaloniki Film Festival 2017, Greece; OneWorld, International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Prague; CHP DOX 2017, Copenhagen; REGARDs 2017, Canada; Tiff Kids 2017, competition; Little Big Shots Children’s film festival 2017, Australia; Kiki Croatia, competition; Kuki Wanderkino; DMZ Docs 2017, South-Korea, family competition; Carrousel international du film de Rimouski 2017, Canada, competition; International Human Rights Film Festival 2017, Albania; Helsinki IFF 2017; Astra Film Festival 2017, Romania; KUKI 2017, Berlin; SPARK – Competition for media education 2017.
Closer to Sarah, 15 min, 2014, Dutch, documentary
The Qi of China, 17 min, 2013, China, Chinese, documentary
Kidz in da City, 22 min, Mumbai , Brazil and Suriname, Hindi, Portuguese, Dutch, documentary
Jong!Suriname, 58 min, 2010, Suriname, Dutch/Sranantongo, documentary
B.E.T.O.N., 28 min 2006, Dutch, documentary
Valerie, 58 min , 2005, Dutch, documentary
Cinekid Jury award 2005